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Poster: PCinoPunk Date: Jul 22, 2004 12:38pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: New search interface

Wow, what happened to the old "blue" search engine? To browse now and cache all these gif thumbnails is bandwith horror! I know the new search engine need some polishing but get rid of the thumbnails and incorpotate them on the "main title" page. Please, thanks :)

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Poster: PCinoPunk Date: Jul 25, 2004 9:54am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: New search interface

Simon, I was not complaining about the new search engine. I was just stating that 100x22kb of gif data is alot of unneccesary caching even for those with broadband. Someone with dial-up wouldn't dare to even attempt to download a 3.1GB movie unless he/she doesn't mind the 3 week download ;) Have no problem with the new interface but my T1 gets bogged down with the gifs. Just a friendly observation. :)

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffsimon c Date: Jul 25, 2004 10:13am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: New search interface

No, I know you weren't complaining about the whole thing - but I wanted to know if other users had feedback.

Out of interest, can you navigate past the page while it's still loading the images? I use Mozilla, and it lets me do that, but I wondered if some browsers don't.

s!

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffJonathan Aizen Date: Jul 25, 2004 11:48am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: New search interface

Yeah, I don't know why a T1 can't handle it. My DSL loads up the page in no time (the images come later).

I use Firefox.

Jon

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Poster: FP Date: Jul 25, 2004 2:24pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: New search interface

It seems like, I'd click RECENT ADDITIONS in the old format, and get a single page with every film in a library such as OPEN SOURCE. So, if I hadn't been to the site for a week or two and someone had added fifty films, I could see them all at once without having to click the little number at the bottom of the page and click through who knows how many pages until I've exhausted the new listings. Also, the thumbnails on the search page do seem an unnecessary addition that slows everybody down.

I dunno - maybe I liked the old engine better because it did exactly what I wanted quickly, and I was used to it. Can't complain too hard, since it's free.

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Poster: FP Date: Jul 24, 2004 10:12pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: New search interface

Yeah. I'm confused. What was wong with the old search engine? I liked it better.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffJonathan Aizen Date: Jul 25, 2004 1:58am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: New search interface

The primary problem with the old search engine was that it took over 40 seconds to return results and slowed down the rest of the site when people used it. The new one returns results in under a second.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffBrak Date: Jul 25, 2004 2:16am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: New search interface


I think that the original 2 complaints were about the thumbnails. While previously the search took 40 seconds, now the search only takes 0.2 seconds but waiting for the thumbs over a slow, or saturated link may make it less than perfect.

Perhaps a wait do do a non-graphical search? text-only results?

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffJonathan Aizen Date: Jul 25, 2004 3:30am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: New search interface

Yes, it seems as though an option to turn off the thumbnails would be desirable for those with a slow Internet connection.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffsimon c Date: Jul 25, 2004 1:44am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: New search interface

Hmm,

So we've no wish to upset people with the search interface - in fact, the plan was that this new version should be improved, and I believe some people dig it. You're allowed not to, though :P

Some ways in which it _is_ improved:

- you can search by average rating, date added, as well as relevance.
- you can group by mediatype (movies, audio) and collection
- the advanced search ( http://www.archive.org/advancedsearch.php ) allows you to do MUCH cooler things than before

One thing that's definitely going to happen is that download counts will be added to the search results page, though.

If other people have constructive feedback on other things they'd like to see or are particularly having issues with, then I can pass it on. Obviously, the core development is done, but that doesn't mean that the results pages can't be tailored a little.

(Bear in mind that people who generally use Etree collections may want different things to people who generally use Prelinger, for example, so we may have to compromise a little to try to make everybody happy.)

Regards,
Simon.
[Archive admin.]

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Poster: tom w. Date: Jul 24, 2004 12:35pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: New search interface

dito

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